I hate mountaintop mining, as all four of my avid readers know. It’s a destructive, irresponsible, short-sighted way of getting energy. Blowing up anything nature spent eons crafting probably isn’t a good idea. Unless it’s Mars. Those bastards have it coming.
People are afraid that if we take away their ability to explode mountains, they won’t have jobs, gasp! And when we took away the ability for Nazis to gas Jews a lot of men lost their jobs, too. Yes, I’m comparing this to genocide. It might as well be. It’s a war on mountains, and therefore the people who live there, and the people who live in the watershed. It’s a war on humanity.
But ignorance hasn’t won, yet. Coal River Wind is a breath of fresh air. They are proposing putting up wind turbines on the mountaintops, with minimal environmental impact. These giant turbines have sprouted up around my hometown, and they do have a very small ecological impact. And guess what, they create jobs! Rejoice!
Now, will these turbines be around 50 years? It’d be nice, but chances are good they won’t. Or if they are it’ll be at the end of their life. Unlike coal though, once these turbines aren’t useful anymore, they can be dismantled and the mountain, its forest and the valleys will remain relatively unharmed.
Let’s hope common sense wins this one.